Despite recent terror threats in Australia, airline Regional Express says screening at all regional airports would be “prohibitively expensive” and would leave regional centres without air services.
In the Australian regional network, Rex operates to 45 regional communities where airport screening is not required, including Port Lincoln.
A Rex spokesperson said screening of all potential targets would be “prohibitively expensive and onerous”.
It would be easy to see what would happen if screening were made mandatory – most regional centres would be left without an air service.
“The annual operating cost associated with the provision of screening is about $750,000 per annum at each location which means that regional air travellers will have to absorb an additional $34 million per annum in costs.
“It would be easy to see what would happen if screening were made mandatory – most regional centres would be left without an air service,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson said Rex complied with all security instructions of the Office of Transport Security and would continue to do so if and when regulations changed.